by Jodee Brown
Embattled Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Busy Signal will soon face a United States courtroom after officially waiving his rights in his extradition case.
On Thursday morning, Busy Signal was denied bail when he appeared in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston alongside his attorney and the Queen’s Counsel,K.D. Knight. Presiding Resident Magistrate, Stephanie Jackson Haisley made the decision following a bail application made on the artiste’s behalf by Knight. He was then ordered to return to court on June 6 when the case will again be mentioned.
However, Busy Signal quickly turned heads when he agreed to waive his rights to fight extradition and will surrender to American authorities next month. The singjay will then stand trial in the U.S. for absconding bail while awaiting a 2002 ruling in a drug case in the country.
According to K.D. Knight in a radio interview on Thursday afternoon, he explained that the only charge which Busy will face in the United States is absconding bail. However, Knight intimated that the drug related charges his client reportedly faces have not been the subject matter of this particular extradition request and no trial can take place regarding those charges.
Knight stated that under the treaty arrangement, the United States cannot try Busy Signal on the drug-related charges and should they try to do so, it would violate said treaty, leading to very serious consequences.
Busy Signal reportedly faces possession of cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine and distribution of cocaine charges from that 2002 case. The deejay was charged at that time with conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Minnesota before fleeing the U.S.